CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Immortal Works Publishing is ready to announce its latest short story anthology. Our working title is Forgotten Fairy Tales.
You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the magic of fairy tale literature. We keep retelling Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White because they are stories that last and endure through the ages and everybody likes them. Yet for some reason film and YA novels tend to stick with retelling the same eight stories, even though the corpus of world literature includes thousands of folktales. The day has arrived to shine some light on the stories that have been neglected and hidden – the ones that remain largely unknown. To that end, Immortal Works wants your reimaginings and retellings of the fairy tales most people haven’t heard of.
For your submission to be considered for inclusion in our anthology, keep in mind:
- We’re looking for short stories, so anything from 2,000-10,000 words.
- Your retelling has to be appropriate for younger audiences (think a light PG-13), so please no profanity, graphic violence, or sexual content.
- In your cover letter please reference the fairy tale or folktale that you have chosen to retell. Stories from one literary tradition will not be given preference over another, but source material should come from the public domain.
- Send your submission to email@example.com by Saturday, January 5, 2019 with your story as an attachment in .docx or .odt format, double spaced and in an easy-to-read font.
Please DO NOT:
- Choose to retell a story featuring a well-known princess. These princesses already have their own theme park. They’ve had their day in the spotlight and it’s time to give someone else a turn. In other words, Cinderella and her kind are not invited to participate in this anthology. *Please note that Yeh Shen and Rhodopis would still be eligible for consideration.
- Use names inspired by well-known animated films. Stories featuring characters with names like Aurora, Belle, or Ariel will be rejected politely and immediately upon receipt.
- Talk down to your audience when you write your story. Just because this anthology is about fairy tales doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be at a 2nd grade reading level.
- Fake knowledge of spinning and spinning wheels. If you choose to feature spinning wheels in your story, please do your research and be accurate. The editor is very familiar with spinning wheels and will be able to tell if you get it wrong. That said, if you ask her nicely she’ll be able to direct you to resources to help you out.
Regarding compensation: Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.
Please help us make this our best anthology ever by sharing this call for submissions with other interested parties.